You may have heard of minimalism present in things such as; technology usage, your home, your finances and your waste but have you ever heard of minimalism present in your nutrition?
Our family has made substantial changes to our diet in the last year and we continue to incorporate new changes as we discover them. We have discovered that eating bio-available whole foods and eliminating sugar is just as easy as consuming fast foods. We have been trying to incorporate minimalism into many aspects of our lives including health as a whole based around the the basics of: sunshine, water, sleep, diet, exercise, & fresh air. Minimalism is a lifestyle movement and in a lot of ways changing the way you think about and consume food is a lifestyle movement as well. Eating well, every single day is easy and guarantees lasting results unlike fad diets.
Here are some tips to incorporate minimalism into your diet:
Eat at Home– Most food companies and restaurants have one end goal-to make money. Often these businesses will put their need for profit before supplying healthful foods to their consumers. Foods that are produced for convenience are often processed which means filled with chemicals, preservatives and added sugars to make them taste good so you purchase them again. Preparing foods at home can be tastier, cost effective and just as convenient if you prepare in advance for busy times in your life. Making meals in bulk portions to guarantee you have enough for lunch the following day is a great way to eat nutrient dense foods on the go in a simple and convenient way.
Routine-Having daily, weekly and monthly rhythms is imperative to being successful in both minimalism and eating well. By setting rhythms in your diet such as eating a certain thing for breakfast each day, eating at the same time each day or following a monthly meal plan helps to guarantee that you will eat adequate food and nutrients on the daily.
Supplements-Although our family eats large amounts of bio-available nutrient dense foods we still bridge the gap with nutritional supplements that promote overall health. The supplements we incorporate into our diets depend on weather, amount of exercise, availability of products and time of year. Adding a supplement to your diet is health convenience in a capsule. The additions to my families diet include Juice Plus+ which is just fruits and veggies in a capsule, Omega 3-6-9 and vitamin D. Obviously supplements are going to be different for everyone based on the contributing factors but this gives you an idea of simple nutrition additives.
Minimal Ingredients– Consume food the way nature intended us to: as natural as possible, with minimal ingredients and raw whenever appropriate. Read food labels and try to stick to foods whose ingredients you recognize, as well as eating foods with the smallest number of ingredients you can find. The more ingredients the farther away the product is from being real food. Ideal foods would be fruits and vegetables and local meats, which don’t even come with nutrition labels. Once you venture into processed foods, the minimalist approach may lead you to look for simpler alternatives to some of your favourites. Create meals by piecing together simple ingredients.
Prioritize Quality– Having fewer things often means you can afford better things. This is a huge advantage with food. If you are eating less and wasting less, then you can buy higher quality foods. Buying high-quality locally grown produce and meats will change the way you think about your food. The nutritional value in locally grown foods is also much higher as they can be grown until ripe vs. picked before ripe to be trucked to us and placed in our stores before they are rotten. You will appreciate your foods more as you build a relationship with producers and in turn become more mindful of waste.
Eat Less– Eat when you’re hungry, and stop eating when you’re full. If you switch from a diet heavy in processed food to a whole food diet, you’ll probably notice that you become full much more quickly. Remember to continually hydrate with water.
Think of Food as Fuel-Think about the nutrients that are essential for living a healthy life. Getting the appropriate balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in your daily diet will help you to be healthier, feel better, and have more energy to do the things you really want to do with your life. Let food be thy medicine.
Minimalism is based around living a more purposeful life and improving one’s health is the foundation of living a meaningful life therefore there is a direct correlation between minimalism and nutrition. Minimalism is about getting rid of the things that weigh us down so we can focus on the things that actually matter. If your diet is making you miserable, try a different approach. Find healthy foods that you like, and focus on improving your well-being. Eating less food of better quality that can be prepared simply and quickly will improve your health and free up your time for more of the things you really want to do.
Do you have some additional tips that I would find beneficial to my families journey? I would love to hear them!